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Detail: Wisteria, Handwoven and dyed 100% silk 16 shaft pattern long shirt.  This piece is a finalist in the 2011 NICHE awards in the US photo credit:  Pete Paterson


Midnight Flight, Handwoven, dyed and discharged tencel kimono. Lining is 100% silk hand dyed,  screened and discharged. photo credit: Rosemary Hasner


Artist: Pat Burns-Wendland, Shelburne, Ontario, Canada

Interview 14: Pat Burns-Wendland exhibited in the 2009 World of Threads Festival exhibition Common Thread International Exhibition Part  1 and Part 2. She also exhibited in the 2012 festival.

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Pat Burns-Wendland has been a handweaver and dyer for over forty years. She received the designation of Master Spinner from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners in 1983. In 2000, Pat graduated with High Honours from Seneca College in the Dressmaking/Fashion design program. Surface design and different dye techniques has taken her to the United States to learn from such people as Jane Dunnewold, Kerr Grabowski, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan.

Pat is currently one of the organizers for a national juried textile show called Stitches Across Time to be held at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives.

She has exhibited extensively and in recent years her work has been selected for the World of Threads juried show as well as being a finalist in 2010 and 2011 NICHE awards for North American Craft. Website


Artist Pat Burns-Wendland


Tell us about your work?

My work is all about the cloth. I hand dye and weave all my fabrics to produce my garments and accessories. Natural fibres such as silk, wool, cotton, tencel and now bamboo are the basis for my work. Procion MX and Weak Acid dyes are used to paint the warps before they go on the loom. A limited run of between eight and ten yards of fabric ensures that each garment is unique. Recently, surface design has been added to my repertoire, to enhance the cloth. I do all the dyeing, weaving and sewing myself in my home studio.


Wisteria, Handwoven and dyed 100% silk 16 shaft pattern long shirt.  This piece is a finalist in the 2011 NICHE awards in the US, photo credit:  Pete Paterson


From where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration for me can be something as simple as a beautiful glass button, a piece of fur used in trimming, but mostly from other artists I have worked with. I have had the opportunity to be a part of a fibre collective for the past number of years and we tend to inspire each other or to collaborate to create something totally different.


Peacock: Handwoven and dyed silk scarves and matching mini bags. Photo credit: Pete Herlihy


Why did you choose to go into fibre art?

My introduction to fibre began with spinning. My Mother had started to spin and it fascinated me how you could take the raw fibre and create beautiful yarn. The spinning was very relaxing, almost meditative and at that time, my fulltime employment was very stressful and this was my release.


Midnight Flight, Handwoven, dyed and discharged tencel kimono. Lining is 100% silk hand dyed,  screened and discharged. photo credit: Pete Paterson.


Which is your favourite fibre medium?

Of course weaving is my favourite but I have developed a love for the art of printing on fabric as well. Most of the time I will use manufactured silk or cotton fabric for printing on but there are times when I will weave absolutely plain cloth of silk, tencel or cotton and print, stamp, stencil and foil the surface of the cloth.


Detaill: Midnight Flight, Handwoven, dyed and discharged tencel kimono. Lining is 100% silk hand dyed,  screened and discharged. photo credit: Pete Paterson.


What other mediums do you work in, and how does this inform your fibre work?

I work a lot with dyes and textile paints. At the moment I am experimenting with devore, stitching and burning. All of these mediums help to create unique looks.


What specific historic artists have influenced your work?

With the exception of their use of colour, I can't say that any specific historical artist has influenced me. I am however intrigued by the art of the cave dwellers and the aboriginal art of Australia as well as Canada and the United States.


Midnight Flight, Handwoven, dyed and discharged tencel kimono. Lining is 100% silk hand dyed,  screened and discharged. photo credit: Pete Paterson.


What specific contemporary artists have influenced your work?

There again, colour, I use the artwork of Klimt, Georgia O'Keefe, William Morris for colour inspiration.


What role do you think fibre art plays in contemporary art?

Fibre has been a part of our lives since man first covered his body with fur but in the art world, fibre does not get the recognition it deserves. This is something I have been trying to promote in the area where I live. For many years, fibre artists were not allowed to enter the juried art shows because "craft" was not considered art. It is all about educating the public.



Pat Burns-Wendland with Ikat in the World of Threads Festival at Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario in 2009.


What other fibre artists are you interested in?

Candice Cole from the United States. I admire her sense of design and use of colour and weave structure in her garments. Jane Dunnewold, San Antonio, Texas. Jane is a master of surface design and I have been fortunate enough to take several courses with her to learn the art of manipulating the surface of the cloth with dyes, paints, foils and discharge paste to create something unique and hopefully beautiful. Lucille Crighton, Toronto, her colours and complex weave structures are awe-inspiring.


North of 89: Handwoven silk kimono, deflected doubleweave pattern treadled in 3 different sequences.


Sedona, Handwoven and Ikat dyed tencel kimono jacket


Can you tell us about your studio?

I actually have 3 working studios in my home. On the main floor is my weaving studio, housing my four looms and all of my yarns, along with my two parrots that keep me company during my weaving process. I have moved my sewing to our loft, which has my sewing machines, serger, industrial iron and judies for fitting garments. My third studio is in the basement and this is my dyeing studio. Here I have a designated washing machine and laundry tubs for the finsing and finishing of my yarns and fabrics. I have a large table for dyeing my warps, as well as doing my surface design work. From both my weaving and dyeing studio, I have access to the outside. In the summer, I can wheel my small loom out onto the deck and watch the wildlife.


Pat Burns-Wendland in her studio in Shelburne, Ontario with her four looms.



Where do you imagine your work in 5 years? 

I am working towards my fabrics being seen as art as well as being more adventurous in my designs for garments. Five years is such a short period of time, it will probably take me this long just to experiment.


Pat Burns-Wendland in her basement dyeing studio.

Pat Burns-Wendland washing and finishing.


Which World of Threads Festival have you exhibited in?

2009 was the first time I entered the World of Threads Festival's Common Thread International Juried Exhibition and was fortunate enough to have two of my pieces selected for Part 1 and Part 2.


What was your motivation for submitting your work to the World of Threads Festival?

I had heard about this festival for quite a few years and finally decided that if I was to gain recognition for my work I had to begin entering International shows.


Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

This year I have been involved with an Exhibition called Stitches across Time. Artifacts from the Dufferin County Museum and Archives were selected and the artists were to interpret one or all of these chosen pieces to be their inspiration for contemporary work. This has been such a learning experience for me not only as an artist, but as an organizer. We hope to bring awareness, much as the World of Threads has done, to our part of Ontario about the importance of textiles as an art form.


Ikat, Photo Gareth Bate.


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Robina, Handwoven and dyed tencel jacket. This kimono jacket was a finalist in the 2010 NICHE awards in the US